Pot calling the kettle black?

I WAS pleased to read Nigel Waterson’s letter (October 28) taking our LibDem MP, Stephen Lloyd, to task for voting against a referendum on the EU.

But is his criticism not a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

Each of the three main parties has called for a referendum, yet it would seem the time in their eyes is never right.

This must be the reason they all imposed a three-line whip on their MPs to vote against the motion; Mr Lloyd was merely heeding the line laid down by the Conservative/LibDem Coalition, similarly followed by the Labour Party.

I took part in the pro-referendum lobby on Monday, October 24, and Stephen Lloyd kindly devoted a good deal of time explaining to me and a fellow constituent that while he was wedded to the idea of a referendum in principle - it would allow a proper debate and clear the air once and for all - voting in favour at this juncture could worsen the Euro crisis and harm the UK economy.

I’ve been a life-long member of the Conservative Party. However, when my subscription expires at the end of the year I shall be switching allegiance to UKIP, the only party unambiguously in favour of a referendum on EU membership, giving us the opportunity to free ourselves from the shackles of the EU.

ANDREW DAKYNS

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